1. ETE- Exploit
the Environment: A graffiti group in NYC led by the masterminds T+T+K. While the group's common signature is simply
ETE, it can also contain
messages or drawings. ETE is less "legal" than ETU*, but being comprised of high school kids, they do watch out and make sure nothing is permanently or stupidly tagged
*ETU- Exploit the Urban: A less-exclusive ETE with more members
whose primary tools are pens, pencils, or chalk, and whose scope of vandalization includes posters, desks, and other school equipment. More
than half most high school kids can recognize the top artists
' signatures within
a glance; all ETE/U members
and never mark something poorly.
to vandalize posters, especially those
that are marketed with products, surveys, media, etc.
ETE does not like to use bubble-letters, mainly
because ETE was created
by unique artists
with a different, preferred handwriting style. ETE members
consider handwriting an art form and can write in 7 different languages, including Russian, Japanese hirigana + katakana, Chinese kanji, Korean, Arabic, Armenian, Greek, Cryllic, and occaisionally, Latin. ETErs don't have one distinct handwriting style.
Some of ETE's messages include, "Darwin loves America" and, "Exploit our Children". They
have a better time, however, getting their
when the poster they
're vandalizing has to do with something particularly funny or ridiculous. Example: Tagging a News Channel
poster with, "War is Fun!"
ETE's idea originated from a Biology class, where the teacher had said
during one lesson, "This world... we're so ignorant, hurting the environment like this, ruining our own lives... exploiting the environment, and we'll never stop" Months later after
at her notes, the three decided to use that as their
ETE is made up of all females.